Eligible Voters Reminded of January 17th Deadline to Submit Ballots for Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections
(LINCOLN, NE)– USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Dan Steinkruger, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until this Friday, January 17, 2014, to return completed ballots to FSA. Eligible voters who have not received a ballot can obtain one from their local USDA Service Center. The last day for voters to submit completed ballots in person to local USDA Service Centers is January 17, 2014. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than January 17, 2014.
County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs; conservation programs; incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities; emergency programs and eligibility. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.
To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm may also be eligible to vote. Agricultural producers in each county submitted candidate nominations during the nomination period, which ended on August 1, 2013.
Close to 7,700 FSA county committee members serve in the 2,124 FSA offices nationwide. Nebraska FSA is comprised of 71 county committees with a total of 245 county committee members. Each county committee in Nebraska has three to seven members who serve three-year terms, up to a maximum of three consecutive terms. Approximately one-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. More information on county committees, such as the 2013 fact sheet and brochures, can be found on the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections or at a local USDA Service Center.